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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (2003)

by Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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I enjoyed reading this nonfiction book. I enjoyed the fact that this story used questions as subtitles through the story. For example, the question, “what do you do with a nose like this?” began the section which discussed how different animals use their noses for different things. Also, I enjoyed the way the illustrations were drawn throughout the story. On each page that introduced a new body part of an animal, there was only part of the animal. This allowed the reader to guess what animal each was, keeping the book very engaging. The main idea of this book is that all animals use different parts of their bodies for different purposes. ( )
  kjacob9 | Apr 7, 2014 |
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book
  alishablaire | Mar 18, 2014 |
Steven Jenkins creates wonderful books about things in nature. They are great for teaching children about nature. Many of the books I looked at by Jenkins would be great for many different ages of children. These books also have more in depth information in the back about what was in the book.
  jenniferflowers | Mar 17, 2014 |
An engaging picture book that looks at the different appearances and functions of animals eyes, noses, tails, and feet. Any young animal lover will find this book a great read and a great resource to learn about all types of animals. Steve Jenkins includes a great index in the back of each animal and interesting information. ( )
  KelseyDavison | Mar 16, 2014 |
This book gave the reader interesting facts about different kinds of animals and showed us what was special about many animals as well. It showed us what the tail of a scorpion does or what the eyes of a hawk are for. I really enjoyed reading 'What do you do with a tail like this' for many different reason. I really enjoyed the fact that the book was interactive in the text. Before introducing the animals on the next page, the book would ask questions like "what do you do with a nose like this?" giving the children who are reading it an opportunity to think and answer while learning new information. At the end of the book, they also give you more information about each animal that they introduced which gives the reader more opportunity to learn if they are more advanced. The illustrations in the book also added a lot of value to the story because it gave the reader a clear picture of what the animals actually look like and not just a cartoon version of the animals like are in most children's books. ( )
  ramber1 | Feb 12, 2014 |
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Jenkins, this time in collaboration with his wife, has created yet another eye-opening book. Children will learn that lizards can completely break off their tail as a defense and that it will grow back. And, they'll find out that crickets' ears are on their knees. Most fish have two eyes, but some have four, the better to see above and below the water at the same time. These are just a few of the fascinating facts of nature dangled out front to draw readers into this beautifully illustrated book. On each spread, five different animals' tails, ears, eyes, or other body parts, done in vibrant cut-paper collage, appear with a simple question ("What do you do with a- like this?"). The next spread shows the five creatures in their entirety and offers a brief explanation. For example, "If you're an elephant, you use your nose to give yourself a bath." The back pages offer more information for older or more curious readers. This is a great book for sharing one-on-one or with a group.
added by ReneHohls | editSchool Library Journal, Wanda Meyers-Hines (May 7, 2013)
Not only does Jenkins (Life on Earth, 2002, etc.) again display a genius for creating paper-collage wildlife portraits with astonishingly realistic skin, fur, and feathers, but here on alternate spreads he zooms in for equally lifelike close-ups of ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet, and tails. Five examples of each organ thrusting in from beyond the pages’ edges for each “What do you do” question precede spreads in which the point of view pulls back to show the whole animal, with a short accompanying caption. Visual surprises abound: a field cricket’s ears are actually on its legs; a horned lizard can (and does, here) squirt blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism; in an ingenious use of page design, a five-lined skink’s breakable tail enters and leaves the center gutter at different points. Capped by a systematic appendix furnishing more, and often arresting, details—“A humpback whale can be 50 feet long and weigh a ton per foot”—this array of wide eyes and open mouths will definitely have viewers responding with wide eyes and open mouths of their own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
Here's another exceptional cut-paper science book from Jenkins, this time put together with a partner, and like previous books, it's a stunner. An opening page, clearly explaining how to use the book, is followed by a double-page spread picturing the mouths of several different animals, accompanied by the question, "What do you do with a mouth like this?" The next spread shows each animal in full, explaining in a few simple words how the part functions. Tail, ears, nose, and eyes are covered in the same manner. A picture glossary at the back shows each animal again, postage-stamp size, with an informative note elaborating on the creature's special adaptation. The notes also neatly answer questions that might arise during a reading (Why do horned lizards squirt blood out their eyes?) and add to the interactive aspect of the book. A variety of animals is represented--some (elephant, hippo, chimp) will be comfortably familiar; others (four-eyed fish, blue-footed booby) are of interest because of their strangeness. Jenkins' handsome paper-cut collages are both lovely and anatomically informative, and their white background helps emphasize the particular feature, be it the bush baby's lustrous, liquid-brown eyes or the skunk's fuzzy tail. This is a striking, thoughtfully created book with intriguing facts made more memorable through dynamic art.
added by ReneHohls | editBooklist, ALA Starred Review, Tim Arnold

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What do you do with a nose like this?
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Beautifully detailed collage illustrations (cut paper) show a wide variety of interesting animals -- including lizards whose tails break off when they run away and a creature whose eyes spurt blood to scare off predators. Format alternates between spreads with a particular body part highlighted -- tails, eyes, ears, etc -- and spreads with the entire animal shown and a brief description of what those parts DO. The final pages show each animal and give a bit more information about each one (habitat and such). A big winner for preschoolers, primary students, and intermediate students with an interest in the animal world.
"What do you do with a tail like this?" offers lots of information about different animals and the fuctions of various body parts in nicely bite-sized pieces that children will be able to process and compare. I like the "more information" at the end for readers who are still curious. I would use this book to talk about animals, for comparison and contrast activities, for discussion multiple functions of a given item (hand, nose, eyes, whathaveyou), and for talking about body parts in general.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618256288, Hardcover)

A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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Animals can do amazing things with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails. Some of the skills are highlighed in this interactive guessing book. What bird has blue feet and what does he do with them that's special?

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